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Win $2000! Writing Contest: Tell Us Your Story of Love

Monday, May 26th, 2014

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Do you have a story of love for a family member, an old flame, or a treasured friend?  A favorite place, a precious memento or a time of your life?

Beginning June 1, 2014 submit your story of 2,500 to 3,000 words at, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win $2000 and possible publication in a future issue of Good Housekeeping or on

Deadlines:  Entries must be received by midnight September 1, 2014.  One entry per person allowed.  Submitted material cannot be returned or acknowledged.  Winner will be notified by March 1, 2015.

Eligibility:  Contest is open to anyone age 21 or older who is a legal resident of the United States, the District of Columbia or Canada (excluding Quebec).

For official contest rules, go to the following link:

Attention Kids Grades 2 – 12! Write book reviews , poetry, fiction and more in Lafayette, CA

Monday, April 28th, 2014
Storyteller BookstoreStoryteller Junior Editors

Join a lively, opinionated discussion group on Thursday evenings throughout the summer as we read soon-to-be-published books and learn how to write and revise reviews.  This workshop is geared toward kids who love to read, write, share and revise.

 We meet on Thursday evenings throughout the summer.   June 19,  July 10,  July 24,  August 7

 Emerging Editors (grades 2-5):  5:00-6:30 p.m.

 Junior Editors (middle/high school):  7:00-8:30 p.m.

 $115 includes books, materials, light snack + copies of our published reviews.

Wordplay Writing Workshop

For creative writers ages 8-up   $25 /each workshop or  $85 /series package Saturday evenings   5:30-7:00 p.m. June 21: Summertime Rhymes  (poetry) July 5:  Time Travelers (historical fiction) July 12: Archetypes and Emblems (modern mythology)

 July 19: Midsummer Memories (narrative scrapbooks)


Let Music Motivate Writing

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

That’s novel! All in poems!

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Happy Birthday April Halprin Wayland! Check out her new book, set to be released in June. Girl Coming in for a Landing is a novel writing with poems!

Comment from Karen

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Congratulations to the winners and to all the students who entered the contest! Keep writing!

Okay Judges, we’re waiting . . .

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

I sent out a polite e-mail to them . . . I’m waiting just like many of you are. In the meantime, I’m working on a picture book.
What are YOU writing?
If you aren’t, try and come up with another story, poem or personal experience piece to enter in 1. next year’s contest 2. another contest 3. a magazine

Later – - when I get caught up in this mess I call an office – - I will post a list of places that publish kids’ writing.

And if YOU have a cool website or magazine that does, send it here! We are always open to new places for kids to publish their work.

Comment by Carmen on Writing Exercises

Monday, April 13th, 2009

“I’m a big fan of writing exercises that not only test their knowledge and skills but use their imagination. they are so much more interested in the assignment when they have fun!”


Thanks Carmen! I agree. I recall when I had students write in journals they’d say, “What shall we write about today?” These often can help. And in the morning, they help ME get started with MY day too! Thanks for commenting!

Horse Sense

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Happy Birthday Newbery Winner Marguerite Henry! The author of 59 books, such as Misty of Chincoteague, which served as the basis of the 1961 movie, Misty, Henry lived from 1902 – 1997.

Exercise: Write a story or poem based on an animal as a character.

Book Trailers

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

“Congratulations! The trailer is as fabulous as your rendering of Jackson and Bud’s story!

Thanks Karen! I’m discovering the world of book trailers is a fascinating place.

Lisa from Digital Weavers created this one.
Now I’m beginning to pay attention to movie trailers too. As a fan of old movies, I’ve discovered those trailers tell TOO much story. (Why see the movie if they give away EVERYTHING?)

Exercise: Create a movie/book trailer for the creative project you are working on! Write the script along with creating the visuals!